Research for Part 2

Anna Bu Kliewer accessed on 27/1/19

Anna Bu Kliewer is a young artist who uses a surreal style.

I looked at her pictures under the theme of females and found them quite disturbing, as all the women’s faces were replaced with flowers/fungi or articles of clothing.


Gas Station

Anna works in both analogue and digital form and I suspect this is digital, although there was no information on this site. Anna has used a central character and a limited palette of yellow, browns and red, which are complimentary colours. I don’t particularly like this as I can’t help think how much more beautiful these fungi would look in their natural habitat.

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This one was under the heading Deconstruction Construction. It looks as if it’s 3D possibly; made of fabric as I think I can see stitching in places. Again she has used a limited palette and I can see the pink from the leaf is also in the background. The leaves use curvilinear marks, except for a small section in the front where a V shape has been cut out.


In this section of the course we have been looking at collage, and Ephemerals, and other pictures show collage work. There is an ancient, possibly Greek vase, which is occluded by a torn piece of magazine. The background is black and white but the foreground has some colour. I like this picture more than the others. I think it explores regular, recogniseable shape and irregular shape and I like the contrast of colours. It explores something made with care and precision and something ripped quickly. accessed on 27 January 2019.

Flynn Cameron Jones accessed on 27 January 2019


There was no information about this image and no video. I think it’s called Horizon. This image is smart, perhaps suitable for an office. Flynn Cameron Jones has only used two colours and the image is made up of rectangles. The horizon is achieved by the contrast between the white and the maroon colour. accessed on 27 January 2019


This collage by Flynn reminds me of some of Jessie Laura’s work from the Brooklyn Collage group. She used the same kind of line overlay collage (although not in the pictures I’ve added to this website).

Flynn uses much more elaborate lines in other pictures. I like this mathematical pattern on the image.


I like this image because it’s complex and you can keep looking at it. This uses a more complex line form than the one above. The background seems to be an aerial view of a lake. What is the foreground? It could be anything. Perhaps a flower or a dragon. I also like the colour scheme used. There is a contrast between the curvilinear lines of the land and the sharp points of the blue/red part of the image.

Toby Patterson’s work has similarities to Flynn Cameron Jones’ work because they both have a strong use of lines and mathematical patterns in their work. Perhaps Flynn’s is more colourful. Flynn’s Horizon looks 3D and Pattersons’ Ludic Motif is 3D. I like both of their work because of the mathematical element.

I think both Cy Twombly and Anna Kliewer have very individual styles, which are unlike other artists studied here, although I did think Anna’s was a bit like Salvador Dali’s work.


Toby Patterson accessed on 20 January 2019

toby pattersonLudic Motif 2014, Aluminium

Toby Patterson, works with lines and forms rectangular, square and triangular spaces. His work, Ludic Motif, is an aluminium structure that is mounted, dropped down from a ceiling, so is a 3D structure. It is also moveable, so can be hung from a different ceiling. The lines and shapes on the ceiling add to the effect. In some of his paintings, he sticks to the same idea and these are more colourful. I quite like the mathematical shapes.

Cy Twombly

I’ve looked at a lot of Cy Twombly’s work and don’t really like the scribbly ones. As an ex teacher, I’ve seen far better work in schools from young children. I suppose you could say those drawings have energy. I did find a picture/collage that he’d done of flowers, probably foxgloves, at the web address below. Unfortunately I could not copy it. I liked the layered effect achieved and the colours. I’ve added the details of the picture below. accessed on 20 January 2019

Untitled, 1989
Collage: (drawing paper, shredded drawing paper, transparent adhesive tape, glue), acrylic, pencil, wax crayon
105 x 74 cm
41 5/16 x 29 1/8 inches

The one below, Mushrooms, is quite interesting to look at. It looks like an ideas sheet of something that will be produced later but I suspect it is the final version. It could be an illustration for a book. I don’t think the composition hangs together well.

cy-twombly-natural-history,-part-i--mushrooms,-no.-x accessed on 20 January 2019

These two artists are very different in their style and method. Toby Patterson achieves layering by using a 3D form, while Cy Twombly achieves it by adding layers of different types of paper.  The first artist is very neat and precise, celebrating regular shapes and how they make irregular shapes, when overlapped, while the second artist is quite messy and organic in how he approaches his work. The finished article is important to Toby Patterson, whereas probably the process of ‘doing’ is more important to Cy Twombly.

Brooklyn Collage Collective aims to promote collage as an art form. They run exhibitions by collage artists, e.g. Cut & Taste in 2017.

These four artists are featured on the website, with Morgan Lapin being the founder in 2013.

Morgan Jesse Lapin

Jessie Laura

Joseph Karwacki

Stephanie Cortazzo

They provide support for numerous other collage artists; open collage days and lots of publicity in magazines, such as Blended. accessed on 11 January 2019.

They also have a facebook page where they post collage work and interviews, by a number of artists. I cannot post pictures of the images from there but they are varied.

accessed on 11 January 2019

Beautiful Savage is a magazine based in Brooklyn that publicizes the work of creatives, including art, fashion and photography. accessed on 11 January 2019. Working together enables artists to put on exhibitions and sales events that they can’t do on their own. The BCC, which has been featured, is specifically to raise the profile of collage.

Locally, we have the Castle Park Art Centre in Frodsham. It supports local artists by putting on exhibitions and allowing the hire of its rooms for artist to sell their work. It also runs art classes by experienced artists. They don’t specifically support collage, but they do exhibitions of all types of 2D and 3D media.

accessed on 11 January 2019.

 Below I have looked at two of the Brooklyn Collage artists.

Morgan Jesse Lapin

The following two pictures are from

accessed on 12 January 2019 from Morgan Jesse Lapin’s work. He says that he spends ninety per cent of his time collecting material and only ten per cent making collages.


The first one is called Desert. It reminds me of King Kong. There is obviously some humour in this. There are lots of directional lines in this picture; lines of cars; lines of buildings and even the sky. In contrast is the gigantic spider, which is a natural form. The sky is a rich deep red, which contrasts with the pale buildings and cars. I think this collage is quite interesting.


The second picture is called Space + Juice. Has the man just landed from a space craft or is he being chased? The artist covers diverse subject matter. Again humour seems to be involved. There is good use of light in the picture both inside and outside the spacecraft.

When I do my collages, I draw a rough outline of the subject and then I cut out large pieces and add smaller pieces to highlight or darken. It’s a bit like a mosaic, but it’s not all made up of small pieces. Lapin’s work seems to use a large piece or an existing picture for the background and then smaller pieces to make the image. The beams from the spacecraft look to be cut out. This could also be done using Photoshop.

Jessie Laura accessed on 14 January 2019


Future by Jessie Laura

This example of Jessie Laura’s work is similar to the task in exercise 2.3. An image on one side of the page and an interaction with that image. She has placed a circle of a leaf in the centre of the page. Quite a few of this artists work have slats like old fashioned blinds. Here she just has two. This is quite a simple image compared to some of her others. It is almost like a face. A very limited colour palette has been used.

Artists suggested by my tutor

Angela de la Cruz

I watched two video clips about this artist and looked at much of her work. None of her work moved me. She breaks frames and manipulates canvasses and reforms them, so that she’s not precious about her work. She believes it’s important to have a sense of humour when making art.

In Concrete Canvass (off white) I find I have no reaction to this piece (or indeed her other pieces). It is large. The composition is simple. This piece has little colour, although some of her other pieces are brighter and there may be a greater contrast between the white background and the off-white canvass, than shows in the picture. Some of her work looks untidy as she deconstructs forms and then reforms them roughly. As this artist has been nominated for a Turner prize, I am obviously not on the same wavelength, but I like things that have more detail, perhaps smaller, not necessarily representative art, but perhaps with some more line, shape and pattern. accessed on 2 January 2019. (Two clips discusses materials and deconstructing artifacts.)

Picture from website below accessed on 2 January 2019

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Angela de la Cruz
Concrete canvas (off-white), 2018 Oil and acrylic on concrete canvas
157 x 158 x 15 cm
61 3/4 x 62 1/4 x 5 7/8 in

I also looked at Angela de la Cruz’s press pack.

Sophia Starling

Examples of Sophia Starlings work from : accessed on 2 January 2019

sophia starling fluor red, 2013 oil on canvas 280cm x 225cm x 30cm approx 870x    sophia starling,-not so mellow (yellow) 2013 870x accessed on 2 January 2019


2 / 7 – Bulbous (Fluor Golden)
Year: 2015
Medium: Pigment on canvas
Size: 30 x 35 x 30 cm

Sophia Starling’s work can be more interesting than Angela de la Cruz’s work, because she sometimes uses fabric, which is often in folds and so shows light and dark. In Bulbous (Fluor Golden) I do not particularly like the actual picture, again for its lack of detail, but I do like the shadows that have been created and the patterns that have formed by them. In some ways this reminds me of Cornelia Parker’s work, which I suppose is more sculpture, but a lot of her work creates the most amazing shadows, patterns, shapes and you can walk around and through them. E.g. Cold Dark Matter (An exploded View) 1991, which I saw a few years ago at the Whitworth Gallery.

John Bunker accessed on 2 January 2019


I like John Bunker’s work for his use of colour, subject matter, pattern and detail. I noticed that with this piece and a number of others, he has prepared a background of four quadrants and then applied his art on top. I think this adds another dimension to the work, which I intend to try out.

This piece is acylics on canvas Quadrant 36 x36 inches ; so quite large and is called Spring Memoir.

Stephen Buckeridge

‘And Placed like a Bowl, Awaiting its Water’ 2018, acrylic and spray paint and pasted paper mounted on linen , 40 x 30 cm.

‘and-placed-like-a-bowl-awaiting-its-water_-2018-acrylic-and-spray-paint-and-pasted-paper-mounted-on-linen-40-x-30-cm accessed on 2 January 2019

I like this piece of work for the way the colour is blended in places and sharp in other places. There is a contrast between the plain orange and the very textured looking part below, which has lovely shapes and patterns. You can keep looking at it and see different things. I like his choice of colour of using pinks and oranges, probably not colours I would have put together, but they do work, the way he has used them. accessed on 3 Jan


I looked at some of his drawings as well. They reminded me a bit of Kandinsky’s work, because of the shapes and colours used. Some of his drawings used dots at intersections, but this one has little scribbles. I liked the way that this is largely linear, but he has managed to include some curves. I also like the rectangle within a rectangle and how some of the marks cross from the inner to the outer rectangle.

Vincent Hawkins accessed on 3 January 2019


I listened to Vincent Hawkins being interviewed about his work. He seems to work on a smaller scale. I like his oval pieces and how he used cardboard to make art that came out of 2D and into 3D. Lots of his work is done quickly and he uses simple shapes, which are clear but he adds to them by his use of colour and sometimes uses one piece of art in another piece of art. I like his freedom of style. He said in his interview that he often doesn’t know what his art means. I find that interesting as I think I want my art to have some meaning. I think he enjoys the process of his art, rather than the finished result, which is often how I view art.

Elizabeth Magill accessed on 3 January 2019

elizabeth magill

Elizabeth Magill uses photography and sometimes print in her work. I love her work because of the detail that she manages to portray. Her images create a scene that is representative, but have an abstract quality. The colours are blended but show different textures. They are delicate and beautiful, but still are loosely drawn.


Harbour (1) 2018

Oil on silk screen on canvass, 153 x 183 cm.